Flash Fiction: Print My Life

Hey girl!

Hey! What’s the plan for tonight?

Ugh, it’s so damn cold outside. I was
thinking we could stay in.

That’s fine with me. Should
we stream a movie?

Nah, I’m feeling crafty. How about
a DIY night? I have my 3D printer stocked
and ready to go. Continue reading Flash Fiction: Print My Life

Flash Fiction: 7th Day of Sleep

Julia hurriedly walked into the Rogers Park Parent Organization. Her busy single-parent schedule of juggling two jobs and a 16-year-old provided no extra time to keep RPPO obligations. But now her daughter was suffering.

It started last week when Rashida began her first medically induced sleep cycle. Apparently, 75 years of research and development isn’t enough to initiate the U.S. sleep program without any bugs. Twenty-four hours of high-powered REM dreaming equates to nine years of attentiveness, productivity and uninterrupted wakefulness. But what do six full days produce? Julia had to know.

“You said it was safe!” Julia blurted in a room full of RPPO members while her target sat, back turned, in the far corner.

Jorge Mendez, RPPO president, politely wrapped up his conversation and walked toward Julia as everyone else ceased gawking and went back to their idle chatter.

“Let’s bring this to another room. Shall we?”

“My daughter has been in what can only be called a coma, for nearly a week,” Julia said. “When she comes out of it, whenever that may be, will she even be herself anymore?”

“Julia, please,” he said motioning her to an adjoining meeting space. “We couldn’t have predicted this was going to happen. With billions of sleep program launches monitored and recorded, no patient has slept more than 24 hours straight in the initial launch. There’s no protocol for this, so we’re just watching her progression. Bringing her out of the cycle could have adverse reactions. Now is the time to sit and wait.”

The mother of the comatose teenager sat and watched as a bureaucrat spat endless reasons for the possibility of never getting her daughter back.

“I’m sorry, I don’t have more for you,” Mendez concluded.


Julia arrived home and was greeted by the sharp beeps of the EKG machine coming from the upstairs bedroom. An unoperated nurse’s station was piped into a monitor at the foot of Rashida’s bed. With her gaze passing over the empty chair, Julia took her seat. And for the seventh day watched Rashida’s eyes dart back and forth under her closed lids.

Recent Read: Octavia Butler’s Kindred

This was my introduction to Octavia Butler. I’ve heard that she was plagued with the sense of not being able to write positive outlooks of the future. This book is a perfect example of her ability to wind tales of racial poignancy, imaginative speculation and a dark look into a reality that is truer than many of us would like to admit.

It was rough to get through this book due to the unfortunate turn of events but the story needed to be told. It does a great job at highlighting how slavery stole not only people’s lives but their right to reproduce freely. The theft occurred on a biological level. And we can never forget it.

HBO find: 9

I love rummaging around all the different entertainment providers to find great films and shows I may have missed when they first debuted. This was the case with 9, the epic fantasy tucked into HBO’s movie section.

This animated film premiered in 2009 and was celebrated for its steam punk visuals and imaginative world. It explores the common trope of man vs. the rise of machines.

I watched this with my husband who, like myself, was first drawn to the crisp animation work. But we soon learned the action dominating the first act would carry through to the end.

If you love adrenaline-inducing movies this film is right up your alley. My husband was on the edge of the seat. But I would have preferred more character development around the nine doll-like creations who are navigating a post apocalyptic world and trying to discover their true meaning.

Either way it was very enjoyable and had an ending neither of us saw coming.


Oscar Nominated Short Film The World of Tomorrow Gets Sequel

The World of Tomorrow is my favorite science fiction short film. Now, it’s getting a sequel!

When you have 15 minutes to spare, catch it on Netflix. The story follows a young girl Emily Prime as she’s visited by a third-generation clone of herself. The clone proceeds to tell her about her own future through relived memories. What you find is ethereal animated short that’s light-handed with prose yet profound in its overall message.

The World of Tomorrow is something you must experience on your own, with an open mind and no disruptions. It makes you ponder how the choices of the future will impact society and whether ia wealth of advancements can truly safeguard the human race.

The film, by Don Hertzfeldt, was nominated for an Oscar in 2016. With other great works in his repertoire, such as It’s a Beautiful Day, it’s clear the forthcoming sequel titled The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts will likely join the ranks of his esteemed films.

Science Fiction Series: The Internet of Things

Some of my favorite science fiction books aren’t the most outlandish or far fetched. Instead of reimagining an entire world thousands of years into the future, they look at technology on the rise and hypothesis what’s coming next.

Science fiction books dealing with the Internet of Things (IoT) do just that.

What is the Internet of Things?
This term isn’t very well known. It’s passed around in tech circles to describe the interconnectedness of the world. When every aspect of your life, from your bed, car, fridge, clothes and hair products are connected to the internet, they’re able to share information easily. What’s done with that information is the crux of this concept.

As with all other technological advancements, the goal is to simplify life, save businesses money with increased efficiency and make it easier for people to buy goods.

When it comes to the science fiction world, writers have been tackling this subject for awhile. Here are some of the most notable novels on the Internet of Things.

Ubik by Philip K. DickUbik by Philip K. Dick (1969)

“Ubik is ‘about’ lots of things – cryonics, immersion, memory and the illusion of reality – but the stand-out passage that speaks most closely to today’s tech occurs when the protagonist tries to get in to his connected home, which won’t let him do anything until he’s paid the bills for his IoT subscriptions.”—Sarah Housley in WGSN InsiderHeavy Weather by Bruce Sterling

Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling (1994)

“It’s also a world of networked devices and smart machines that are so complex, they’re impossible to debug, a picture of a complex and near unknowable Internet of Things that’s there to be hacked and explored.”—Simon Bisson in ZD Net

Rainbows End by Vernor VingeRainbows End by Vernor Vinge (1944)

“San Diego, 2025 or thereabouts, a city much like today, but transformed under the skin by ubiquitous computing, wearable devices, and augmented reality.”—Simon Bisson in ZD Net